TAC College Football Rankings: Week 5

Update: There was a glitch that prevented the rankings from showing. The glitch is fixed and the rankings are up.

You may be wondering why there is a big picture of the Blessed Mother to lead off the post. It’s simple. I and the rest of us clad in purple & gold owe her. Big time. On the 4th down play and the last play of the game (both of them), I was furiously saying the Hail Mary in the LSU student section. If those flags aren’t miraculous intercession, I don’t know what is. I have prayed like that during a game twice-the NFC championship game against the Vikings and the LSU v. Auburn game in 2007 (Byrd’s catch with a second left-the most beautiful pass & catch I’ve seen in Death Valley). These Tigers are going to kill me, and even though they should have slaughtered the Vols, that was a rare and fun experience.

In the rest of the college football world, we now have clear front-runners in the top 2 conferences. Oregon will need a major upset to lose the PAC-10, and Alabama made quite a statement to the rest of the SEC West. In the Big 12, Oklahoma looks to take the Big 12 South with the win in the Red River Rivalry. The Big 10 is still wide open, and the ACC is anyone’s guess.

What is becoming clearer is that Boise St. is likely out of luck this year. Their wins are not nearly as impressive as the displays put on by Bama and Oregon. Even if those teams lose once, they’re still over Boise (or a team that beats them in route to a undefeated or 1 loss year). I think Nebraska and Ohio St. have a chance to break into the picture, but I think it’s SEC champ v. PAC-10 champ in the title game this year.

Of course, that could change dramatically in a week, which is what makes this so much fun.

In other college football news, Texas A&M learned you can’t turn the ball over 5 times and win (you can with 4-see Louisiana State University *Good God, how did we win that game? Thank you Blessed Mother!*).  This was a real pity, b/c watching them Thursday they have a great team. They’ll be a wild card in the South, but if they could control the turnovers they could be scary. You have to think they’ll control them in one or two games that they’ll steamroll someone they’re not supposed to; question is when.

Round up the recap, Notre Dame won the Pope bowl, USC finally lost, and Denard Robinson can probably start thinking about what pose he wants for his portrait next to the other Heisman winners. To the rankings!

We had 5 voters this week, as MJ wimped out on us (apparently, he had “more important” things to do. Jeesh. Your wife having a baby isn’t that big of a deal ;) ).

  1. Alabama (4) (5-0) – They’ve got to lose sometime in the regular season…right? (MD) [1]
  2. Oregon (1) (5-0) – With the exception of the SEC, the PAC 10 has been the best conference in the NCAA.  Oregon just showed they and the PAC 10 are very much for real.(P) [3]
  3. Boise State (4-0) (TIE w/ Oregon) – Every VA Tech victory almost counts as a win for them as well.(P) [3]
  4. Ohio State (5-0) – I predicted last week that the Illini would, as they usually do, give the Buckeyes fits. Sure enough, the Big Ten opener for Ohio State stayed true to form. Some teams just match up well against others, regardless of the respective records. Some people, no doubt, will seek to grade the Buckeyes down for a less-than-stellar-but-still-solid 24-13 win. Those would be the people who don’t pay attention to the history of certain in-conference matchups. (Statistical note mentioned during Saturday’s game: In the past 20 meetings Ohio State is only 11-9 against the Illini.) (J) [2]
  5. TCU (5-0) – If Boise St. isn’t going advance, they certainly won’t until they play Utah. [5]
  6. Nebraska (4-0) (TIE w/ TCU) – Big Ten, watch out next year. Bevo, watch out in a couple of weeks – after your losses to the Bruins and the Sooners, you’ve been exposed as weak, and the Cornhuskers, who won’t soon forget the Big 12 Championship game, smell blood.(J) [6]
  7. Oklahoma (5-0) – they like keeping it close, don’t they? [8]
  8. Utah (4-0) – had a bye and benefited from the chaos around them to rise up the polls. (M) [10]
  9. Arizona (4-0) – Always tough to win the game right off a big win; but they managed to do it to stay in the conversation (M). [13]
  10. Auburn (5-0) (TIE w/ Arizona) – Crushing cupcakes is exactly what Auburn needed to do after a tough opening month. [14]
  11. LSU (5-0) – Lost in the last minute was the fact that the offense behind Lee actually moved the ball. Outside of turnovers (two of which from Jefferson), LSU’s offense looked good running the ball. (M) [12]
  12. Michigan State (5-0) – Exposed the supposedly tough Badgers(DH) [23]
  13. Michigan (5-0) – If Robinson stays healthy, the only team that could upset Ohio State in Big 10 play (DH) [15]
  14. Stanford (4-1) – Talk about a tale of two halves, at one point they were ahead of the Ducks 21-3! (DH) [7]
  15. Arkansas (3-1) – that loss to Bama looks a LOT better (MD) [16]
  16. Miami (FL) (3-1) – Beating Clemson was nice, but not proved that they are the class of the ACC (MD) [19]
  17. Florida (4-1) – Everyone says they’ll roll over the Tigers, but I’m not sure. Their offense is struggling as well, as coming off a humiliation like that to meet a Tiger team that was preparing for the game all week (particularly in the last minute of their game, apparently) is dangerous for Florida. [9]
  18. Iowa (4-1) – Took care of the pretending Nittany Lions (DH) [18]
  19. Nevada (5-0) – Could they be the team that ends Boise State’s dream? (DH) [22]
  20. Oklahoma State (4-0) – One of a number of unbeatens that probably won’t remain unbeaten – but here they are anyway. (P) [NR]
  21. Missouri (4-0) – could Nebraska/Missouri be better and more important to the Big 12 than the Red River Rivalry? (MD) [25]
  22. South Carolina (3-1) – Hoping to catch Bama cocky when they come to Columbia. Here in Baton Rouge, we wish we could be so lucky. (MD) [20]
  23. Wisconsin (4-1) – Will the Badgers fold or come back fighting? (DH) [11]
  24. Northwestern (5-0) – Again, they are unbeaten.  Might as well give them one moment in the sun.(P) [NR]
  25. Kansas State (4-0) – They haven’t played anyone, but get the chance to prove it against Nebraska. It’s a nice story-but they’ll lose big. (MD) [NR]
  26. USC (4-1) (TIE w/ Kansas State) – I knew USC would have some trouble in the PAC-10, but this early? Against Washington? At home? If I was a Trojan, I would be dreading going to Stanford this Saturday. [17]

Others receiving votesAir Force, Florida State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Houston, and Oregon State.

38 Responses to TAC College Football Rankings: Week 5

  • I think I can mind read these invisible rankings.

  • “If those flags aren’t miraculous intercession I don’t know what is.”

    Actually the penalty was a sign of poor math instruction in Tennessee. ;)

  • That’s the second prayer-related story I’ve heard about the end of the LSU game today. I need to get some LSU fans as personal intercessors.

  • Rankings are now visible.

    I need to get some LSU fans as personal intercessors.

    Apparently, the Blessed Mother is an LSU fan, so getting LSU fans for intercessor may be of the utmost importance ;)

  • Y’all must not have been praying hard enough during the Capital One Bowl. That, or the Blessed Mother just love Joe Pa more.

    (I’m guessing it’s the latter. Those field conditions were ideal for the Nittany Lions – a gift from above.)

  • Y’all must not have been praying hard enough during the Capital One Bowl. That, or the Blessed Mother just love Joe Pa more.

    Between our national championship in football in 2007, the magical baseball run of that year to win the SEC, and then the next year to win the College World Series, I imagine the Blessed Mother allowed us to grow through humility and sacrifice.

    After all, if we remembered too well how badly we humiliated Ohio State in the BCS Title game, we would be too prideful.

  • Nah, she just loves Joe Pa more.

  • After the shellacking Bama applied to the Gators, I couldn’t have picked the Buckeyes for first. But dropping them to fourth?! Reminds me of the Nittany Lions getting absolutely screwed over in 1994 because Indiana made a meaningless “comeback” in the fourth quarter after JoePa pulled his starters in a blowout.

    Let me reiterate–the Buckeyes are a machine this year. Even if Denard is wearing his cape (“Superman wears Denard Robinson pajamas”) against OSU, he doesn’t play defense.

    The in-state war (MSU at UM) will define the season for each team. If Michigan beats the Spartans, they could make a run for 9 wins. If State wins, mark them down for 10.

    Oh, and wow–I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a fanbase more outraged by a 5-0 start than LSU’s. The funny thing is, the Tigers and Wolverines are mirror images of each other this year.

    Yeah, I’ll send a poll next week. :)

  • (“Superman wears Denard Robinson pajamas”)

    Superman must wear a lot of pajamas, as he has Chuck Norris, Tim Tebow, and now Denard Robinson pajamas. More importantly, all of them wear Drew Brees pajamas.

    Oh, and wow–I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a fanbase more outraged by a 5-0 start than LSU’s. The funny thing is, the Tigers and Wolverines are mirror images of each other this year.

    Actually, I have seen a fanbase more outraged: LSU 2009. It really is a testament to how spoiled Louisiana football fans are that our teams are a combined 8-1 and we’re not happy with either one of them.

    Oh, and definitely send on a poll. Do you have my email?

  • Yeah, Dale, I figured the other pollsters would drop Ohio State, forgetting that the Buckeyes returned the entire team that beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State’s defense shut down Oregon’s much-vaunted offense back in January, and the Buckeyes’ defense is even better now.

    And the other pollsters are either unaware or have ignored the fact that over the last 20 years the Illini have always played tough against the Buckeyes. It’s one of those “throw the records out” type of ballgames every year. (Let’s not forget that Ohio State’s one regular season loss the last time they played for the national championship was against … Illinois.)

    Finally, whatever Michigan’s final record turns out to be this year, y’all have yourselves a Heisman Trophy winner in Robinson. At this point, I’d put real money on it.

  • Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, Ohio State and Michigan fans saying nice things about the other’s team … mass hysteria!

  • Jay, this skeletal guy on a white horse just rode up and asked for directions to “Armageddon.”

  • Okie Lite had that last victory handed to them on a silver platter.

  • Ohio State is a great team, but there are greater teams ahead of them still. I could understand the belly-aching if they were ranked one more spot further.

    Besides, we have enough complaining from southern Louisiana.

  • Alabama . . . fourth? Tito, Tito, Tito. (Shakes head)

    Then again, I’m the guy who ranked USC in the top 15 because I misread the score of their game over the weekend. My bad.

  • LOL @ Paul

    Boise State is the real wild card.

    Everyone refuses to play them so they can’t be blamed for their out of conference schedule.

    But other than the Bronco’s, I find it hard to rank them higher than the other teams ahead of them.

    But yes, there is room for debate.

    But I don’t recognize the mythical national champion until we have a playoff.

    And that’s what it is, a mythical national championship.

  • Then again, I’m the guy who ranked USC in the top 15 because I misread the score of their game over the weekend. My bad.

    I was wondering why you had USC so high…

    Besides, we have enough complaining from southern Louisiana

    I don’t think I’ve complained about LSU’s rank in the poll yet. 11th is fair for a 5-0 team that just barely escaped this weekend.

    And that’s what it is, a mythical national championship.

    As I’m wearing a shirt bearing the years 1958, 2003, and 2007 in purple and gold, I ought to point out that Tolkien finds myths to contain much truth.

  • “But I don’t recognize the mythical national champion until we have a playoff.”

    Now I know you’re whack, Tito.

    I can understand not recognizing the mythical national champion, because I, too, think the BCS is a joke. But a playoff is the WORST possible thing that could happen to Division 1-A college football. The only people who care about a playoff are lefty sportwriters, the casual college football observer who’s only interested in having another office pool, and Las Vegas/gamblers.

    REAL college football fans want to see the BCS scrapped and a return to the traditional bowl alignments (with a few extra “major” bowls thrown in to accomodate the Boise States, TCUs, and Utahs of the world) and ALL THE DAMN GAMES PLAYED ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, not stretched out over a frickin’ week.

    And, yes, I understand that these criteria may define me as the ONLY REAL college football fan in the entire worlds. So be it. Everyone else can rot.

  • I’m whacked!

    Woo hoo!

    My second opinion would be to revert back to the old system.

    Where only the best conferences play for the national title each year in the Rose Bowl.

    Yep, only the Pac-12 & Big-10 (the great lakes 12) would be playing for the mythical nation title.

    Whackedy whack!

    :)

  • is getting whacked like getting served, but for old people? ;)

    REAL college football fans want to see the BCS scrapped and a return to the traditional bowl alignments (with a few extra “major” bowls thrown in to accomodate the Boise States, TCUs, and Utahs of the world) and ALL THE DAMN GAMES PLAYED ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, not stretched out over a frickin’ week.

    I don’t know. I think the idea of trying to get the best two teams to play is fun, and college football is about fun. So I’m a little more sympathetic, especially as it tends to embarrass the lefty sportswriters who only watch football on the east coast. I think the SEC, PAC-10, and Big 12 have benefited from the arrangement. Still, going back to the traditional bowls wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. While I like being national champions, I don’t care nearly as much about LSU being better than Ohio St. as I do about us being better than Alabama. College football is about regional rivalries; the national championship is only necessary for the pros. So if it’s between playoffs and old system, I’ll take the old system.

    However, college football should be over by 11:59PM, January 1. Period.

    Where only the best conferences play for the national title each year in the Rose Bowl.

    Yep, only the Pac-12 & Big-10 (the great lakes 12) would be playing for the mythical nation title.

    Usually I would make a comment that in fact the two best conference do in fact do that in the SEC championship game, but since the SEC East went 0-5 this weekend, I’d best shut my mouth on that aspect.

    However, I’m still fairly confident that over the last decade, conference strength is: 1. SEC, 2. Big 12, 3. Pac-10, 4. Big 10, 5. ACC, 6. Big East.

  • Some football fans grossly overvalue and thus take the mere game of football far too seriously. Doing so, and the consequent obsession with winning, can be an offense against truth and one’s own dignity and can easily and insidiously lead to sins against charity toward anyone (e.g., one’s own coaches or opponent coaches/players/fans) who are perceived as standing in the way of one’s favorite team winning. It’s only a game whose object is to carry an inflated ball across a field of grass and cross a “goal line” and occasionally kick that inflated ball through two upright posts. Instead of light entertainment and a healthy diversion, football has become for some an unhealthy passion that saints would deplore.

  • Instead of light entertainment and a healthy diversion, football has become for some an unhealthy passion that saints would deplore.

    Actually, many saints like football. Some like it so much, that they have started their own team in New Orleans. It has been doing rather well of late. ;)

    Though it is certainly true that many football fans lack charity, I think football does a great deal of good as well. It is one of the few occasions that manage to bring the community together, allowing the kind of interaction that healthy societies require. Even if they are coming together for a game, they are still coming together.

    I think sports also tends to teach many virtues to both athletes and fans about hard work, teamwork, leadership, etc. While many athletes are divas, those athletes usually do not succeed in the same way or as well as virtuous ones (for every T.O., there’s a Drew Brees).

    While sports should never come before family or God, even fanatic sports fans can live a healthy and virtuous life in which sports plays an uplifting role.

  • Question:

    Is praying for an LSU victory when it looked like Tennessee won the game a wasted prayer?

    Those “Hail Mary’s” could have been used for the salvation of your soul, instead they were used for an event that has almost nothing to do with reaching Heaven and achieved eternal salvation.

    Just a question, probably a good post to write about to.

  • And on that note …

    Speaking of taking things far too seriously, it’s funny how, as soon as the preaching begins, threads suddenly tend to get a lot less fun.

    ;-)

  • Is praying for an LSU victory when it looked like Tennessee won the game a wasted prayer?

    Those “Hail Mary’s” could have been used for the salvation of your soul, instead they were used for an event that has almost nothing to do with reaching Heaven and achieved eternal salvation.

    Oh, I was praying before the last play (both times). Praying for other people can be a good thing, I think. Of course, it is interesting how sports games can make people when they don't often do so. As a sports fan, you can cheer and make noise, but you are largely unable to affect the result on the field before us. Similarly, we as humans are largely unable to alter the events around us. If one recognizes that we pray during sports because we can do no more, and that such is often the case in our own lives, where we pridefully think we can do more than we can, than this might help in our salvation.

  • Good point Jay.

    But I figure if this is a Catholic website, we could examine such issues (on another post).

    :)

  • Actually, I was referring to a comment above, but I suppose it could apply to your overly-preachy preachiosity, as well, Tito.

    ;-)

  • I don’t have a comment, but if we have another emoticon in a row we all lose our man cards. Looking out for everybody.

  • I can’t find the firy rage emoticon. >(

  • Sadly Paul, I was unable to download the Yahoo Emoticon plug-in for the upgrade of our website. So we’ll be stuck with these basic four or five emoticons.

    :(

  • Do they have one of those emoticons that flip the bird?

  • Sadly Paul, I was unable to download the Yahoo Emoticon plug-in for the upgrade of our website. So we’ll be stuck with these basic four or five emoticons.

    Then how on earth are we going to bring TAC to the millions of teenage girls out there? :_(

  • Do they have one of those emoticons that flip the bird?

    Never seen an emoticon bird.

    If they had, I’m sure we’d have seen it from certain people in these comboxes.

  • I’d have probably used it a time or two myself.

  • Kansas State: They haven’t played anyone, but get the chance to prove it against Nebraska. It’s a nice story-but they’ll lose big.

    Boy, when I’m right, I’m right.

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